1912–13 FA Cup

1912–13 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Aston Villa
Runners-up Sunderland

The 1912–13 FA Cup was the 42nd season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). Aston Villa won the competition for the fifth time, beating Sunderland 1–0 in the final at Crystal Palace, London.

1913 Aston Villa team after pre-cup game with Chelsea. The three players far right are Littlewood (who did not appear in the cup final), Stephenson, and Barber. Tommy Weston, who did appear in the cup rounds, is not shown.


The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, five qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.[1]

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 14 September 1912
Preliminary Round Saturday 28 September 1912
First Round Qualifying Saturday 12 October 1912
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 2 November 1912
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 16 November 1912
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 30 November 1912
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 14 December 1912
First Round Proper Saturday 11 January 1913[2]
Second Round Proper Saturday 1 February 1913
Third Round Proper Saturday 22 February 1913
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 8 March 1913
Semi-Finals Saturday 29 March 1913
Final Saturday 19 April 1913

First round proper


Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Chesterfield1–4Nottingham Forest18 January 1913
2Liverpool3–0Bristol City15 January 1913
3Rochdale0–2Swindon Town11 January 1913
4Gateshead0–1Gainsborough Trinity18 January 1913
5Southampton1–1Bury11 January 1913
ReplayBury2–1Southampton15 January 1913
6Stoke2–2Reading16 January 1913
ReplayReading3–0Stoke22 January 1913
7Gillingham0–0Barnsley11 January 1913
ReplayBarnsley3–1Gillingham16 January 1913
8Blackburn Rovers7–2Northampton Town18 January 1913
9The Wednesday5–1Grimsby Town16 January 1913
10Wolverhampton Wanderers3–1London Caledonians18 January 1913
11West Bromwich Albion1–1West Ham United13 January 1913
ReplayWest Ham United2–2West Bromwich Albion16 January 1913
ReplayWest Ham United3–0+West Bromwich Albion22 January 1913
12Sunderland6–0Leyton Orient11 January 1913
13Derby County1–3Aston Villa15 January 1913
14Everton5–1Stockport County15 January 1913
15Leicester Fosse1–4Norwich City16 January 1913
16Newcastle United1–0Bradford City16 January 1913
17Tottenham Hotspur1–1Blackpool11 January 1913
ReplayBlackpool1–6Tottenham Hotspur16 January 1913
18Manchester City4–0Birmingham11 January 1913
19Queens Park Rangers4–2Halifax Town11 January 1913
20Fulham0–2Hull City11 January 1913
21Bristol Rovers2–0Notts County11 January 1913
22Portsmouth1–2Brighton & Hove Albion15 January 1913
23Manchester United1–1Coventry City11 January 1913
ReplayCoventry City1–2Manchester United16 January 1913
24Plymouth Argyle2–0Preston North End11 January 1913
25Millwall0–0Middlesbrough11 January 1913
ReplayMiddlesbrough4–1Millwall15 January 1913
26Leeds City2–3Burnley15 January 1913
27Oldham Athletic2–0Bolton Wanderers11 January 1913
28Crystal Palace2–0Glossop11 January 1913
29Chelsea5–2Southend United11 January 1913
30Croydon Common0–0Woolwich Arsenal11 January 1913
ReplayWoolwich Arsenal2–1Croydon Common15 January 1913
31Bradford Park Avenue1–1Barrow15 January 1913
ReplayBradford Park Avenue1–0Barrow22 January 1913
32Huddersfield Town3–1Sheffield United15 January 1913

+ Match played at neutral venue

Second Round Proper

15 of the 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday 1 February 1913. Four matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following midweek . One of these went to a second replay the following week.[2]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Burnley4–1Gainsborough Trinity1 February 1913
2Reading1–0Tottenham Hotspur1 February 1913
3Aston Villa5–0West Ham United1 February 1913
4Middlesbrough3–2Queens Park Rangers1 February 1913
5Sunderland2–0Manchester City5 February 1913
6Woolwich Arsenal1–4Liverpool1 February 1913
7Barnsley2–3Blackburn Rovers1 February 1913
8Bristol Rovers1–1Norwich City1 February 1913
ReplayNorwich City2–2Bristol Rovers6 February 1913
Replay+Bristol Rovers1–0Norwich City10 February 1913
9Brighton & Hove Albion0–0Everton1 February 1913
ReplayEverton1–0Brighton & Hove Albion5 February 1913
10Plymouth Argyle0–2Manchester United1 February 1913
11Hull City0–0Newcastle United1 February 1913
ReplayNewcastle United3–0Hull City5 February 1913
12Oldham Athletic5–1Nottingham Forest1 February 1913
13Crystal Palace2–0Bury1 February 1913
14Chelsea1–1The Wednesday1 February 1913
ReplayThe Wednesday6–0Chelsea5 February 1913
15Bradford Park Avenue3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers1 February 1913
16Huddersfield Town1–2Swindon Town1 February 1913

+ match played at neutral venue

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were played on Saturday 22 February 1913. There were two replays, played in the following midweek.[2]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Burnley3–1Middlesbrough22 February 1913
2Liverpool1–1Newcastle United22 February 1913
ReplayNewcastle United1–0Liverpool26 February 1913
3Reading1–2Blackburn Rovers22 February 1913
4Aston Villa5–0Crystal Palace22 February 1913
5Sunderland4–2Swindon Town22 February 1913
6Bristol Rovers0–4Everton22 February 1913
7Oldham Athletic0–0Manchester United22 February 1913
ReplayManchester United1–2Oldham Athletic26 February 1913
8Bradford Park Avenue2–1The Wednesday22 February 1913

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round (Quarter Final) matches were played on 8 March 1913. There was one replay, the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland, played on 12 March. This went to a second replay, which Sunderland won.[3]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Blackburn Rovers0–1Burnley8 March 1913
2Sunderland0–0Newcastle United8 March 1913
ReplayNewcastle United2–2Sunderland12 March 1913
ReplayNewcastle United0–3Sunderland17 March 1913
3Everton0–1Oldham Athletic8 March 1913
4Bradford Park Avenue0–5Aston Villa8 March 1913


The semi-finals were played on 29 March 1913. The Burnley–Sunderland match went to a replay, which Sunderland won, going on to meet Aston Villa in the final.[3]



Main article: 1913 FA Cup Final

The Final was contested by Aston Villa and Sunderland on 19 April 1913 at London's Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 1–0, with a goal by Tommy Barber assisted by a crossed ball from Charlie Wallace. Wallace had earlier missed a penalty, something that would not occur again in FA Cup Final, until the 1988 final between Wimbledon and Liverpool.

Match details

19 April 1913
15:00 BST
Aston Villa 1 – 0 Sunderland
Tommy Barber  78'
Crystal Palace
Attendance: 121,919
Referee: Mr. A. Adams (Nottingham)
Aston Villa


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